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Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 January 2008

We stayed at the Sofitel in Moorea for two nights. We had a garden bungalow with a limited view of the ocean. The room, while spacious had some flaws. First the place looked tired and needed a new paint job. Second there was a bug problem. We found ant like bugs in a vase, which the hotel cleaned out. Then the hotel kindly left fruit for us on a table, which later became covered in those same ant-like bugs. Also, the bungalows to the right of the reception building back up to the road, which is a bit noisy at times. Try and get a bungalow to the left of the reception building (they are the 400 series I think). Also, the hotel is very near the airport and there is a lot of overhead plane noise. I think that there are other hotels on the island that are more private, more quiet, and kept better. The positives, the food was good and they had a free show with dinner every night, which was fun. Also, the assissant manager, CHICHI, is very friendly and helpful. If you need anything, see her. Overall, the Sofitel was neither great nor terrible. I probably would stay somewhere else next time around.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 December 2007

We stayed at the Sofitel for four nights in a OWB. We also had a meal plan that included breakfasts and dinners. We had an amazing time at the hotel. The OWBs are beautiful and stunningly designed. The lagoon at the hotel is gorgeous. We loved our breakfasts and dinners. The dinners included a lovely show each night. The meal plans were worth it in that we spent $100 per person for all our meals. To give you a point of reference, once lunch almost cost us $70. Moorea is a very pretty island that we fell in love with. The service at the Sofitel was perfect. The only improvement I can suggest is that we are vegetarians and the buffet dinners should label the vegetarian items like you already so thoughtfully in your menus.

  • Stayed: December 2007, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Texantraveladdict
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Reviewed 4 December 2007

Just returned last Friday from a great trip. Spent 5 days on Tahiti, 5 on Moorea and 6 on Bora Bora. Moorea was the best. They were all great, however the Sofitel on Moorea was wonderful and the overwater bungalow a dream. Snorkling was great off the bungalow. We stayed in #215 and it had a great view across the Sea of the Moon and Tahiti. Definitely request a bungalow towards the end if you are staying in one over the water. Views are better and water deeper. No matter where you stay on Moorea you MUST do Dr. Michael Poole's dolphin and whale excursion. He is extremely interesting and you learn so much about the dolphin and whales besides seeing them. We were lucky to see a large pod of spinner dolphin that were extremely active, jumping, flipping, smacking the water all kinds of acrobatics in their own natural environment. Unfortunately we did not get to see any whales but did get to hear one on the hydrophone. It was absolutely wonderful. Don't be fooled by imposters - you must ask specifically for Dr. Poole's excursion. You will not be sorry. Moorea was the most relaxing, laid back and beautiful of the three islands we had the opportunity to visit. The shows at the Sofitel were good - the ladies beautiful but I must admit that the one I found the most authentic and the most fun was the Mama Show at the Sofitel Beach Resort on Bora Bora. Bora Bora was beautiful but it has become so built up and much more "touristy" since the last time I was there. Time marches on! Stayed in a beach bungalow there and they are somewhat smaller than those on Moorea but big enough. A lot of boat traffic in the lagoon between the two Sofitels and Nemo dive next door. Not as updated as the Sofitel on Moorea but nice. Overall I would say the staff was not the happiest lot but they were working and we were on vacation so who can blame them!?
The Le Meridian on Tahiti was very nice - stayed on the 6th floor and had a great view of Moorea across the Sea of the Moon. The tour of the inner island was great but could have cut a couple days off the Tahiti stay and extended the stay on Moorea! Next time!! Food is expensive no doubt - but that also has a lot to do with the dollar not being worth the paper it is printed on! There are less expensive places to eat and we found the pizza to be pretty good and reasonably priced. Also, go to the local markets and pick up yogurt, juice, pastry, etc for breakfast. It is good and less expensive.
It is the trip of a lifetime - go for it. You will NOT be sorry you did!!!

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Honeysuckle
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Reviewed 30 November 2007

Just got back from Tahiti today. My husband and I spent 6 days in Moorea and absolutely loved the Sofitel. The purpose of our trip was to kick back and unwind from our usual hectic schedules, so the 'lack of activity' at the resort was exactly what we needed. We stayed at the OWB Rm 200, which was the closest one to the pool. This proximity allowed us to jump into the lagoon and swim right up to the pool. If you plan to stay in one of the standard OWBs (not the deluxe), make sure you get the even numbers because these bungalows give you an unobstructed view of the lagoon, while the odd number bungalows give you a view of the other OWBs. We found service to be prompt (this could be due to the fact that we went during 'off season') and the workers friendly.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank TravFiend
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Reviewed 30 November 2007

We were on our honeymoon and found the Sofitel Moorea to be the perfect destination!! It was extremely chic without being cheezy like some resorts. We had a deluxe overwater bungalow which I would highly recommend as it really makes it that bit more special. You can snorkel right off your deck which is amazing.
The restaurant/bar in the Sofitel was also great and really reasonably priced when compared to other restaurants on the island.
I had read on other reviews that the resort was lacking in service but I definitely did not find this to be the case...and who cares anyway, you are on holidays!!

Stayed: November 2007
5  Thank mindyfraser
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Address: B.P. 28, Moorea, Maharepa 98728, French Polynesia
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Region: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Moorea > Maharepa
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Maharepa
Price Range: €298 - €522 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort is located on the North-East Coast of the island, just 5 minutes away from Temae airport, Vaiare ferries docks, the 18 holes international golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus®. This landmark hotel is built on the longest and most beautiful white sand beach of the island, within a protected marine area maintained by the CRIOBE®.From this hotel, guests have a unique panoramic view on the lagoon and the island of Tahiti. The hotel offers a wide range of accommodation with a total of 113 Luxury Bungalows located in the gardens, directly on the beach or over the water. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has the only Luxury Beach Bungalows on Moorea that have unobstructed views of the island of Tahiti, located directly on the beach. Historically, this hotel is the first of the island that built bungalows over the water. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora has now the largest Luxury Overwater Bungalows in Moorea (83 sq. meters).Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora also features 1 Luxury Villa with 2 bedrooms (150 sq.meters). It has 2 bathrooms, 1 lounge, 1 deck and 1 outdoor jacuzzi®, with a direct access into the lagoon and panoramic views of the island of Tahiti.Dine in Polynesian authenticity at the Pure restaurant with outdoor terrace dining offering complimentary and traditional dance shows every night or choose the barefoot elegance of K restaurant, gourmet dining, feet in the sand experience, with a unique dance show.For light snacks and exotic cocktails or premium alcohols while admiring the view, try the Vue bar overlooking the infinity pool, the lagoon and Tahiti with weekly live concerts. For light snacks and exotic cocktails during a farniente day on the beach, only steps away from the lagoon, try the Beach bar. ... more   less 
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